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It’s our job, as a responsible travel company to inform and educate everyone we can about the risks of exploiting children in the name of tourism. We’re committed to protecting children and adolescents in the places we travel, and fighting sexual exploitation wherever we find it.
To do that, we’ll engage, support and empower local communities to raise awareness about this issue. And you can help. Pledge your support and read our Responsible Travel guidelines for more info on how you, as a traveller, can fight the sexual exploitation of kids.
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Travelling local is better for everyone involved, so wherever we can, we try to eat, stay and travel with local small businesses, not the big tourism chains. We respect our local friends, and pay them fairly for their efforts.
We support a bunch of environmental campaigns to raise awareness in local schools. Our travellers get a chance to visit these communities on our trips, to give back, donate if they wish, and help out with tree-planting projects.
We do make sure our travellers are educated about local cultures, and respect them at all times. It’s our job as travellers to help preserve and honour these traditions, and we take that responsibility seriously.
We condemn the mistreatment of animals, and ban exploitative tourism practices on our trips (no elephant-riding here). We also condemn the export, import and abuse of endangered species.
It’s no longer enough to say ‘I didn’t know’ when it comes to waste management. We know how plastic can damage the environment, which is why we provide our travellers with cloth sacks for trash and other waste during the trip. Plastic and glass bottles are collected separately and recycled after the Challenge is over. Smokers are encouraged to butt-out properly, and we recycle in our offices back home. Green and proud, baby.
The event bags we hand our travellers are hand-made with local materials and printed with bio-degradable inks (when possible).
We make sure we source eco-friendly hotels wherever we can, and our campsites are all set up in approved areas.
We don’t print in the workplace unless it’s absolutely necessary (seriously, our desks are super clean). When we do print, we only use FSC certified recycled paper. This applies to our brochures, business cards and all other bits of collateral.
It’s thirsty work, adventuring. So we encourage our travellers to minimise their use of plastic water bottles wherever they can and bring along re-usable alternatives (or a purification tablet, if that’s your thing).
Deforestation in developing countries is mostly down to agriculture, growing demand for timber and smaller-scale firewood collection. Obviously, this isn’t great. In fact in places like Sri Lanka the montane evergreen forests are some of the most endangered in the world. To help fight deforestation we have decided to replant native trees with the help of local children. Saving the world, one tree at a time.
This project gets students at a local school actively involved in fighting deforestation. Each student becomes responsible for a few plants on the school grounds, and he or she takes care of those plants and monitors their growth in regular reports. The NGO or organisation provides support and guidance, picking the right plants based on stuff like climate and topography. The idea is to plant useful tress which can also provide medicine, timber, shade and fruit.
To boost tree cover in the area.
To increase the food availability for the school.
To put a stop to illegal encroachment, logging, uncontrolled chopping of fire wood, and hunting. All through awareness programs.
To build local capacity for natural conservation projects.
Like it or not, the English language can take you places in this world. We tend to take it for granted, but learning conversational English (and beyond) can open doors for kids in developing countries. Only a few schools in developing countries include English as part of the curriculum, and organisations in rural areas often don’t have the resources, facilities or expertise to get the kids up to a good level of proficiency. Rural students need a better environment to learn English properly, and we’re doing our best to make it happen.
The project we’re working on with local schools is setting up a dedicated English Activity room. It’s an area of the school specifically for kids to boost their English skills. They’ll get better teaching from qualified experts, basic equipment like computers, English books, tables and chairs, and there’ll be an increase in student intake in the local area.
To improve speaking, listening and reading skills.
To improve knowledge of the English language.
To create a learning process that’s fun and engaging.
There’s been a lot of study done on the effect of music on a child’s development, and the results are pretty cool. Music boosts intellectual abilities, social and emotional skills, motor coordination and overall literacy. Not bad, Vanilla Ice, not bad. Music is a part of some curriculums in local schools, but there are rarely enough resources to help kids reach their full potential. Especially in the more rural areas. Lack of government funding means the smaller schools are restricted to occasional music and dancing on festival days, and they often have to borrow equipment or instruments from neighbouring schools. With a bit of outside help, these kids can learn new skills and express themselves through music. Everyone deserves that chance.
The project provides smaller, rural schools with a range of musical instruments and AV equipment. Everything they need to run dedicated music classes and put on performances in the school. The goal is to fuel a bit of interest and passion in the kids, and get them into music from an early age. From what we’ve seen in Western countries, it makes a big difference in a kid’s development.
To provide a better quality of music and dance education.
To get kids interested in the learning process.
To improve music and dancing skills.
The Sri Lanka Red Cross Society has operated since 1936, and covers all 25 administrative Districts of Sri Lanka. Their vision is to promote safer, resilient and socially inclusive communities through improving lifestyles and changing mind-sets. And their mission is to reduce risk, build capacity and promote principles and values by mobilizing resources, creating universal access to services through volunteerism and partnership.
Large Minority has supported different SLRCS responsible travel projects since 2009, such as:
Land Owners Restore Rainforests in Sri Lanka (LORRIS) was established in 2002 by the experts and land owners in Sri Lanka. And, is registered as a Voluntary Social Service/Non Governmental Organisation, in Sri Lanka (Registration No. L.84802). Their mission is “restoring Sri Lanka’s natural ecosystems via creating forest corridors with community participation to connect the existing forests for the conservation of endangered Red Slender Loris (Loris tardigradus) and other primates by linking their habitats, encouraging members to carry out exploration and conservation oriented research activities. To achieve this task LORRIS is working with other organizations with similar aims within the country and globally.
Using the Red Slender Loris as a flagship species LORRIS and Large Minority have initiated several conservation and development programmes such as:
The Travelers Against Plastic Campaign is an outreach initiative which aims to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of plastic water bottles usage and encourage travelers to be prepared to clean their own drinking water. Grounded in the ethics of responsible travel, the TAP campaign aims to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of plastic water bottle usage and encourage travelers to be prepared to clean their own drinking water.